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Fish! Kitchen (Restaurant)

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58 Coombe Road, Kingston, London, KT2 7AF
Cuisine: Fish
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Fish! Kitchen Review

There are better things to do on a Friday night than drive halfway across London in packed traffic to go to Kingston, of all places. My mood is dark, which is reflected in the drab, horrid weather I’m stuck in. Nonetheless, I have a restaurant to review and word on the street is that it’s actually pretty decent. I arrive with low expectations, however, as essentially this is just a rather posh chippy and I’m not sure how battered cod with mushy peas is made more appealing to the restaurant market.

Entering through the take-away section of the venue is a bit confusing because, to get to the restaurant. customers have to squeeze through the hordes of people queuing up for their Friday night supper. Post-squeeze, the restaurant is rather lush, blessed with luxuriously large green leather chairs; hmmm, comfy.

A playful cartoon-like glitter fish keeps me company whilst I wait to pick one of its friends to devour without care or conscience. Upon sitting at the table in the bijous restaurant, the place takes on the feel of a different establishment. Customers are treated more tenderly and with a touch of formality compared with the front of the shop where there is more hustle and bustle. The menus are uber-kitsch and double as placemats; proper menus would not suit the mood at all.

While I am trying to decide whether to go for battered fish or not, a rather fetching young waiter makes himself available to help and advise. Even when probed about what is in the dishes and where they come from, he remains unflappable and highly professional. To be honest, if he had recommended something I wouldn’t normally like, I would probably have it anyway as his explanations of the dishes on offer are so inviting. He also explains that Jarvis the fishmongers next door had been in the area since 1942 and is owned by the manager of fish! Kitchen. Naturally, the two work in tandem. Impressive is not the word.

Scanning the venue, I begin to notice just how stylish it is. With polished black brick walls, green leather booths and wooden tables, it’s aiming for a relaxed atmosphere but with a touch of class. Judging by the clientele it’s obviously popular with locals; as our waiter serves other tables, the occupants chat with him about parents and alike. The sense of community spirit here is a wonderful thing to see.

Now, down to the food; it is obvious that the produce is of exceptional quality because as soon as I placed it into my mouth, my grumpy mood lifted and I was filled not only with top-notch food but also with top-notch joy. The smoked salmon, which is cured on site in the smokery, is melt-in-the-mouth fantastic; the fish pie, immense and indulgent; the mushy peas, a luminous ramekin of green fun; and the scallops are probably the best I’ve ever had the pleasure to sample.

At first it felt quite peculiar to sit in a chippy with a crisp glass of white in hand and tucking into my fish dinner, but after a while it was easy to become acclimatised to the ambience and start to really enjoy myself. So, if the idea of the some of the best fish and chips available sounds appealing, make a detour to Kingston and forget about the distance – Fish! might just become your new favourite.
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“Went to Fish! Kitchen recently as I really fancied some fresh, great quality fish and they never fail to deilver. The vibe is chilled yet sophisticated and the food is really tasty, particularly the mushy peas. I will definitely be going back. Fab!”
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Sarah Watkins, London (8 years 6 months 11 days ago)

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  • Cuisine Type: Fish
  • Group: Fish!

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fish!kitchen in Kingston-upon-Thames opened to great reviews and has fast become a local favorite renowned for both their traditional fish and chips as well as their grilled fish.

Updated 15/10/2009

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"Hi guys, I come here with my friends and have very good time. I like your place very much and is very good times. I come back when I can soon. Thank you very much." Which venue is this?

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"Dreadful pub, run by people who have zero idea about hospitality or running a pub. Upon arrival we sat in the back garden that only had one other table occupied , when we tried to order off the lunch menu..." Which venue is this?

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